Anyone who has ever slept on a memory foam mattress knows there’s nothing like waking up from a good night’s sleep after sleeping on one.
Did you know where memory foam came from? Well, you can thank NASA for that. Memory foam was initially designed and developed in 1966 by NASA’s researchers for the improvement of their test pilot’s safety and comfort during flights.
It was originally called “temper foam” due to its ability to respond to heat and pressure, then returning to its original shape once you remove the pressure and was made of a material called ‘viscoelastic”, and most memory foam mattresses use the same material today.
So, what are the benefits of sleeping on a memory foam mattress?
Better Support for Joint and Back Pain
The people who benefit most from memory foam are those who experience joint and back pain. While lying on memory foam, the material evenly distributes body weight. The heat and pressure from your body softens the material to support the natural curves and lines of your body, relieving the strain in the spine and joints. The result is a soft comfortable surface that supports your body by moulding to your body shape.
The general advice given by experts is to change your mattress every seven to ten years. Depending on the quality and type of your mattress, you may get more or less time from it.
Spring mattresses have a shorter lifespan than memory foam, due to the weakening of the springs in the mattress. Memory foam mattresses have a longer longevity, and a good quality memory foam mattress can last from ten to fifteen years with the right care, including rotation.
Conventional spring mattresses can trigger people’s allergies. This can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep.
A memory foam mattress doesn’t harbour allergens because of the nature of the material. For those who suffer from allergies, the memory foam mattress is a blessing for getting better sleep. As well as not harbouring allergens as spring mattresses, memory foam is also a lot easier to clean and care for than a typical mattress.
Good for certain sleeping positions
Memory foam mattresses are a big benefit for people who sleep in certain positions, especially side sleepers.
Because the mattress adjusts to the heat of your body and moulds to your shape as you sleep, it offers steady support to your back and joints while sleeping, relieving the pressure and distributing your weight equally.
Motion Transfer Resistant
Do you share a bed with a partner who tosses and turns at night and you can feel the bed moving whenever they do? While this is very common, it can also be quite annoying if you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep. It’s called ‘motion transfer’ and it happens when one person moves on their mattress. If it’s a coil spring mattress, the entire mattress shifts as well because the coil springs are all linked together.
With a memory foam mattress, there are no coil springs, just layers of foam, which supports movement and prevents motion transfer when moving, making it possible for one person to get in and out of bed without disturbing their partner.
Here at Highland BlindCraft we sell a range of mattresses that make use of memory foam. The Heavenly Mattress, is entirely memory foam to provide a luxurious firm support while the Nirvana Mattress, is a combination of pocket springs and memory foam to provide you with the ultimate supported sleep.